Trustees Approve Establishment of New Scholarship
Huntington School Board members have approved a request by Scott and Amy Vandersall to create the Jean Hoerner Vandersall Scholarship. It will be privately funded and awarded to a graduating Huntington High School senior who has excelled in both academics and music.
"It is our wish to establish a scholarship in memory of my mother-in-law, Jean Hoerner Vandersall, who passed away in 2008," wrote Amy Vandersall in an e-mail to David H. Grackin, Huntington's assistant superintendent for finance and management services. "Jean was a resident of Huntington from the 1950's until the time of her death. She taught piano and gave piano recitals throughout the Long Island area."
The Vandersall's intend to award an annual $500 scholarship in each of the next five years beginning this spring. "After five years, we would decide whether or not to renew it for another five years," Amy Vandersall said.
Scott Vandersall is member of Huntington High School's Class of 1977. He went on to earn a BA in economics at Colby College and an MBA with a concentration in financial services at Boston University. He is employed as regional vice president of TD Bank for the Massachusetts north shore in the Greater Boston area.
Jean Hoerner Vandersall passed away on March 30, 2008. She was an accomplished pianist and a member of the Manhattan School of Music's faculty. Mrs. Vandersall also maintained a very active teaching studio in Huntington and was an inspiration to her students. Mrs. Vandersall and her husband, Thornton sent three sons through the Huntington School District.
Scott and Amy Vandersall, who reside in New Hampshire, intend to work with Huntington High School officials during the selection process.